Description - Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area is situated in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains of Eastern Tennessee near Wartburg. The 11,876 acres of relatively undisturbed forest contain some of the richest wildflower areas in Tennessee. The mountainous terrain varies from an elevation of 1,340 feet to over 3,000 feet on 14 different mountain peaks. Frozen Head, elevation of 3,324, is one of the highest peaks in Tennessee west of the Great Smoky Mountains, and from its observation tower one has a commanding view of the surrounding region. The Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee Ridge and Valley, and the Great Smoky Mountains are plainly visible on a clear day. In winter, the mountain peaks are often capped with snow or ice while the lower valleys remain unadorned, thus giving the parks namesake, Frozen Head.
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Office at Frozen Head State Natural Area
The parks lush vegetation, small streams, waterfalls and beautiful mountains make Frozen Head one of Tennessee's most scenic parks. There are over 50 miles of foot trails which meander throughout the natural area, passing by waterfalls, rock shelters and giant mountaintop cap rocks.
- Located in the Visitor Center, the 1,000 sq. ft. multipurpose room is ideal for conferences, seminars and weddings. The room is equipped with a 10 ft. screen, video projector and a sound system. Copying and fax services are available.
Other points of interest are the Big South Fork, Obed Wild and Scenic River and Atomic Museum of Science and Energy and Rugby.
Recreation - Hiking, horseback riding and fishing are available in this State Park. In addition to the trails, visitors may enjoy volleyball, horseshoes, ping-pong, basketball, playgrounds and field sports. Recreation equipment may be checked out, free of charge at the park office.
Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.
From Harriman take Hwy. 27 North to Wartburg. Turn right (East) on Hwy. 62. Travel 2 miles and turn left on Flat Fork Road and then travel 4 miles to the park entrance.